About a week ago, we wrote about the latest drone from Yuneec the Mantis Q. Initially only available in Europe, but now we got an email from Yuneec letting us know that the voice-controlled and foldable drone will be available for pre-order in the US as well. Pre-orders start today. It is priced at $499.99 which puts it well below the DJI Mavic Air and the Parrot Anafi but higher than the DJI Spark. However, if you want the remote control, three batteries, a shoulder bag, and more, the price will come to $649.99, which puts it in direct competition with the drones I mentioned before as well as the DJI Mavic Pro. Let us know in the poll below, which drone you would pick!
Yuneec’s folding Mantis Q
As Billy described earlier, the drone boasts an impressive ‘claimed’ flight-time of 33 minutes, a maximum speed of 44 miles per hour as well as 4K and full HD video capabilities, although the 3-axis digitally stabilized “gimbal” for full HD only, is a bit of a let-down. This new drone from Yuneec will feature an all-new voice control feature which we are looking forward to trying out ourselves.
Yuneec presents the Mantis Q as an adventure-ready drone controlled via mobile device or remote that can easily be brought along hiking or camping trips. With the arms folded this little aircraft is reduced into a small 6.6 x 3.8 x 2.2 inch package, weighing less than one pound.
“The Mantis Q was developed to offer cutting-edge, advanced drone features such as voice control and facial detection in an easy-to-use, ultra-portable package,” said Michael Jiang, CEO of Yuneec International. “Consumers will find that the Mantis Q seamlessly integrates into everyday experiences, and they will appreciate the incredible energy efficient package that allows up to 33 minutes of flight time to help capture every moment.”
The drone can also be controlled by gestures and uses facial detection to automatically take a photo of your smiling face from up to 13 feet away. Pictures with a resolution of 4800×2700 (16:9) or 4160×3120 (4:3) pixels are saved in JPEG or DNG format on the included MicroSD card; the same goes for up to 4K of recorded videos. Although it seems that only Full HD video(1920 x 1080) will be digitally stabilized, not the 4K. We will verify this when we get our hands on one. The camera can be tilted upwards by up to 20 degrees or downwards by 90 degrees during flight. Lastly, the Mantis Q also features a host of intelligent flight modes, such as Journey, Point of Interest and Orbit Me.
The Mantis Q is available now for pre-order at Yuneec.com.
Mantis Q – $499.99: Mantis Q, controller, one battery, spare propellers (one set) three-port charger, power and USB cable.
Mantis Q (X-Pack) – $649.99: Mantis Q, controller, three batteries, travel shoulder bag, spare propellers (one set), three-port charger, power and USB cable. Available later this year.
What do you think about Yuneecs latest drone? Let us know in the comments below.
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